Jun 15, 2007 8:23am
I've not done this before, so here goes :-
Started with The Beatles and Stones 63/64, moved on up to Cream, Hendrix, Floyd, then dabbled with Heavy Metal - first couple of LPs by Sabs and Purple. Then a friend played me Live Dead, and metal just went out of the window -all those dull riffs not for me any more !
I got really interested in the West Coast bands, and have a collection of their LPs that not many on this side of the Atlantic could rival. But only one band ruled.
When not chasing It's a Beautiful Day or Blue Cheer rarities there were a few bands that I listened to or saw a lot - Hawkwind, Man, and (the excellent) Gong in particular.
And I also developed a taste for the blues - Freddie KIng, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and (the late lamented)Roy Buchanan. Err, most of these are 'late lamented' now aren't they ?
Picking and choosing from the Punk/New Wave thing I guess The Clash, Elvis Costello, and the Only Ones did most for me. Plus Billy Bragg, all-round good bloke Wilco fans will be familiar with.
Lately I seem to be sliding towards jazz (is this inevitable ? ) Current favourites Pat Metheny and Oscar Petersen.
Honourable mentions for two men who have been there throughout the years, step forward Mr Neil Young and Mr Bob Dylan.
Bear in mind you said when not listening to the Dead, so all these have to fight their way to the front.